At a Glance
Discreet on the outside, lively on the inside, The Mark, whose 16-story limestone-and-brick building has stood on the corner of Madison Avenue and East 77th Street since 1927, is decidedly “uptown New York.” Its restaurant, on the ground floor, is by Jean-Georges Vongerichten—long one of the most famous chefs in the world. Its hair salon, on the second floor, is an outpost of Frédéric Fekkai—arguably the most prestigious name in hairstyling in New York (and beyond) for the past four decades. Up top, its penthouse suite, with five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and four fireplaces, is not just the largest hotel-penthouse suite in the city, but the largest in the United States. Like its patrons, who chat with friends and check their phones while sprawling on the Mark Bar’s copper-colored sofas—courtesy of designer Jacques Grange—this is a hotel that wears its status confidently and comfortably. It seems to say Congratulations! You’ve arrived.
**The Standout: **In winter, guests staying in the penthouse suite have the option to have part of their terrace turned into a small skating rink
**Don't Miss:**Dining, Jean-Georges-style: pistachio guacamole, caviar blinis and black truffle pizza
- The John Lobb shoe shine service
- Courtyard dining, available in good weather
- The “77s,” the generously sized king rooms on the East 77th Street side that are well-tailored in mostly neutral tones
- The hotel’s sidewalk hot dog cart in warmer months
Reopened as a Landmark building in 2009 after extensive renovations, the Mark, like its guests, is elegant, discreet and flawlessly put together.
The 152 rooms and 47 suites of the Upper East Side classic are spacious, ranging from 400–700 square feet, and are located throughout twelve floors. Parisian hotel designer Jacques Grange melded old-world Parisian elegance with modern accents in the design. The grand lobby’s bold and modern style continues even into guest bathrooms, which feature deep soaking tubs, separate showers and TVs built into the vanity mirror. The unique, black-and-white style of the bathrooms offsets the clean lines and softer color scheme of the rooms, which are airy and light-filled and boast plush bedding. Some of the larger suites boast full kitchens or kitchenettes for longer stay clients. Most of the rooms overlook 77th Street or the inner courtyard, while only the suites on the top floors offer glimpses of Central Park.
Guests can enjoy the 1,400-square-foot fitness center by John Sitaras, the exclusive Frédéric Fekkai salon and the John Lobb shoeshine kiosk. The efficient and personable staff can assist with bike rides and picnics in Central Park, with food courtesy of Jean-Georges or welcome your dog with a customized bed and water bowl for their stay. The hotel has a relationship with Bergdorf Goodman for personal shoppers and exclusive access and offers a branded pedicab service to chauffeur its guests around to shops and restaurants around the Upper East Side. Families will enjoy special amenities, such as customized strollers, kid-friendly goodies like slumber party packages and curated visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a five-minute walk from the hotel.
The Jean-Georges restaurant at the Mark is a New York mainstay – as busy and successful as ever, buzzing with guests and locals on business meetings and shopping breaks. Adjoining the restaurant is the Club Room with a seafood bar and Mark’s Bar with its own entrance on 77th Street, which doubles as a coffee bar in the morning.
Who Should Stay
Visitors who want to be in the thick of uptown’s museums, galleries, restaurants and shopping
Written by Lizzie Eberhart